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    Default Eclipse Tomorrow!!!!

    Where ever you live in the US you should be able to see at least a partial eclipse tomorrow if you have sunny skies.


    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse...e-when-and-how


    I am ready!!!!!


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    I happen to have a welders' helmet. It was hanging on a nail in the shop and I had to fight some wasps to get it.

    I took it out and checked to see if it was gong to work and it showed the sun as a little white blob so I guess I am all ready for the big event.

    I thought about driving south to my kids place to get the full effect and decided against it. 6 hour drive to look at the sun, naw! I will stay here and get the 90% effect.

    It will be back in another 100 years. Maybe I will catch it then.
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    Cloudy here tomorrow. But I have no doubt the parents of the gradeschool across the street will come to a full stop (It'll be dismissal time). Me? I'll be in the front yard with a stick yelling, "Get off my lawn!!!"

    ...somebody come post bail for me tomorrow night.

    oh yeah. I heard 50,000 people in a field in Oregon. A short ways away a decent camp. 40 MILE backup on the road. Wait until Tues.
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    Hey...I have a welder helmet.....
    Lots of people will be robbing the houses of those that drove 6 hours for 2-1/2 minutes....
    Hope there are no clouds.
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    Hummm..helmet is a self darkening ....seem maybe the sun isn't bright enough?...as it didn't darken.
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    For welding glass make sure it is #10 or higher.

    Mrs. Crash and I are heading to the beach. We'll hike a couple of miles so we should have the place to ourselves.
    With luck, the cloud cover will allow a view. Got the eclipse glasses, solar filter for the cameras and lunch.
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    For the last two I watched, I used blank cd's. Just look through the shiny parts. I don't recommend it though. I mean, it works, but I don't recommend it. Use two cd's for safety. Anyways, I am taking off early from work to go watch it in my front yard. 90+% here. That is good enough for me. This is a once in a lifetime event, that happens to be my 3rd time in the last 20 years.
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    Heh. I have a place to myself - my back yard. And, lo, and behold, the sun is out! Don't know how long that'll last - it's Colorado.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Yup. Just got done making the projector out of some old binoculars (no I'm not looking through them.)
    Projects a good sized disk onto a white board.
    Got the idea here:
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    I must say that was a bit of a let down!

    We had 90% totality, and although things got a little bit "less bright" than they had been it was still not "dark" as it was in places that got full totality. It appears that 10% of the sun is still enough to light thing well.

    If I had not known there was an eclipse I would not have even noticed the difference from just looking outside.
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    I wasn't impressed. Just like when I was a kid and they made it such a big deal.

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    I thought it was outstanding!!!! I had my high quality German made precision plastic and cardboard lenses and watched the whole thing unfold, pass by, whatever. I was a bit disappointed when I called for the royal wizard to find he had packed and left but otherwise I thought it was pretty cool. To think that a sliver of sun is all that is required to provide light is pretty incredible.

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    I used #14 welder filter over the aperture of my cell phone camera and got some pretty decent photos at 90% totality, including Bailey's beads. There was also some cloud iridescence that didn't come out very well in the photos. It didn't get night dark but there was a nice lavender sky.

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    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    They day started out with lots of sunshine, but the clouds and rain rolled in. I got a few pictures during the cloud breaks which I will post later. All in all a fun time.
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    We only had 60% coverage here.
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    Nice setup, though. I bet you could see sunspots with that.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    We had 92% coverage. The cool part was you could see the plasma blowing out into space. That was really wild. Like a mist extending million of miles out from the sun. I didn't actually measure it but that's my guess. I don't have a tape measure that long so.

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